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3 Day Bay Of Islands Tour
Bay Of Islands Wildlife Cruise
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Quad Share $465
Twin / Double - per person $535
Single / Private room - one person $605



Saturdays until March 31, 2018

Ends: Auckland

Trip Style

Fitness: Can I do this tour?

It is very important that customers understand that a reasonable level of fitness is required for all tours.

The areas in which we operate vary greatly in  terrain and weather conditions. Travellers may be required to undertake walking experiences up to 4 hours in duration in challenging conditions. Travellers must be aware that depending on which region the tour is visiting  & the southern hemisphere weather season in which you are travelling, you could encounter extremes of heat ( 40C+) or cold (-5C).

By law it is required that customers advise Real Kiwi Adventures or our travel partners in New Zealand of any pre-existing medical conditions &/or Dietary conditions before they join the tour. Customers may also be asked at time of each tour commencement to sign a liability waiver.

Travellers are requested to contact us on: [email protected] in relation to all medical or dietary issues.

Accommodation: Hostel

Ranging from 4 – 8 bed dormitories some with private bathroom facilities in New Zealand's best backpacker hostel accommodation. Twin and double upgrades often available.

Vehicle: Mini Coach - 24 seats

Forward facing seats, air-conditioned vehicle


Summer itinerary:

  • Professional tour guide
  • Meals and touring as indicated
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Tree hugging at Parry Kauri Forest
  • Swim at Waipu Cove
  • Bay of Island’s wildlife cruise
  • Hokianga ferry ride and sand boarding
  • Visit Waipoua Forest and Tane Mahuta (NZ’s largest Kauri tree)
  • Swim at Kai Iwi Lakes


Winter itinerary:

  • Professional tour guide
  • Meals and touring as indicated
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Day trip to Cape Reinga or Hokianga
  • Hole in the Rock Marine Cruise


  • Sturdy walking shoes/boots
  • Bathers/towel
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Motion sickness tablets
  • Water bottle
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Warm clothing
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera


  • Itinerary is subject to change due to cultural or seasonal conditions
  • *Twin / Double upgrades based on two people sharing.
  • Tours should be reconfirmed at least 48 hours in advance by calling +64 9 526 2140.
  • During the winter months, tours will operate in conjunction with the Stray Travel Network allowing all Real Kiwi winter departures to be 100% guaranteed. Clients will still have a set itinerary with included accommodation and activities however less meals are included and the guide and group may change during the tour.
  • Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a single bag, plus a small day pack.

Tour Code



  • Wildlife cruise through the Bay Of Islands
  • Ferry across the Hokianga Harbour
  • Swim in the crystal clear Kai Iwi lakes

Tour Map

Summer Itinerary Winter Itinerary QUESTIONS &

Day 1 - Auckland to Paihia

This morning we pick you up from Auckland central and make our way north to the town of Paihia. Its not long before we cross the harbour bridge and are out of Auckland into the beautiful New Zealand countryside. Paihia is the gateway to the Bay of Islands, the 144 sub-tropical islands which combine both stunning beauty and an amazing history. 

On the way we get in touch with nature and visit some of the world's biggest trees, the native Kauri, and take a hike to a beautiful waterfall before lunch and a swim at scenic Waipu Cove.

You can then take a trip to the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the the most significant document in New Zealand's modern history was signed in 1840 between Māori Chiefs and the British Crown (visit at own expense). The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are both culturally and historically important in New Zealand. 

We sit down for our first group dinner before you have the evening to explore the small seaside town of Paihia (D).

Activities included: Share the love and hug the giant trees at the Parry Kauri Forest. Swim at Waipu Cove
Optional activities: Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Day 2 - Paihia to Opononi
Today we cruise around the 144 islands of a beautiful archipelago looking for marine life. Keep a look out for bottlenose and common dolphins as well as baleen whales, orca, penguins, seals and plenty of other sea and bird life. they are all prevalent in the Bay of Islands region.

You will then have the change to explore the west of the Northland region, Hokianga Harbour, to view the enormous sand dunes. Tonight you have the choice to relax at our hotel or take a Māori-guided twilight encounter through the Waipoua Forest, learning about Māori tales and legends. You will also get to visit the 'God of the Forest' or Tane Mahuta - the largest Kauri tree on the planet. (Activity at own expense). We complete the day with a traditional Kiwi dinner, fish and chips! (B,D)

Activities included: Bay of Island’s wildlife boat trip
Optional activities: Footprints Waipoua twilight encounter, bone carving

Day 3 - Opononi to Auckland
We make the most of the outdoors again today with a ferry ride across Hokianga Harbour to go sandboarding down the dunes (weather dependent). We then head south through the lush Waipoua Forest to visit New Zealand's largest Kauri trees before dropping by the Kai Iwi Lakes for a swim in beautiful clear waters surrounded by white sand. It's then back to Auckland where your tour comes to an end. (B)

Activities included: Hokianga Ferry ride, sand boarding, visit Waipoua Forest (NZ’s largest Kauri trees), swim in the Kai Iwi Lakes

(B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

Day 1 - Auckland to Paihia

We start early for our trip north to the beautiful Bay of Islands, the focus of our three-day trip. During our journey your guide will teach you about the rich  European and Maori history of this interesting region. As well as cultural signifcance, this area is home to some of New Zealand's most beautiful flora, such as the giant Kauri trees which we will stop to give a hug and appreciate. It's then onto the seaside village of Paihia, where you have the afternoon free to explore this charming town.  

Activities included: Hug huge kauri trees at Parry Kauri Forest

Day 2 - Paihia to Cape Reinga and back
The journey north continues today with the top of New Zealand our destination - the spiritually significant Cape Reinga. We give sand dune surfing a try and visit 90 Mile Beach to see the clashing of the Tasman Sea with the Pacific Ocean. You may like to sample some of New Zealand's (if not the world's) best fish and chips (additional expense) before we make our way back to Paihia.

Activities included: Cape Reinga day trip, surf sand dunes

Day 3 - Paihia to Auckland
Today is all about marine wildlife as we venture out amongst the islands on the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ cruise. Make sure to keep an eye out for the abundance of dolphins in the area as well as a wide variety of bird life. In the afternoon we bid the Bay of Islands farewell and make our way back to Auckland, where our short but sweet journey comes to an end.

Activities included: Hole in the Rock marine cruise

(B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

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